Friday, October 31, 2014

Western Fleet Ships, On Overseas Deployment, Arrive At Port Louis

Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Talwar, Teg and Deepak under the Command of Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, are on a two-month long Overseas Deployment to East Africa and the South Indian Ocean region. Three of the four ships, INS Mumbai, Talwar and Deepak arrived Port Louis today towards bolstering ties and reinforcing cooperation in maritime security between India and Mauritius.

The Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with all the navies of the region. The frequent cross visits by high level delegations, have strengthened bilateral relations. Regular conduct of joint patrols and EEZ surveillance of Mauritius by Indian warships and aircraft, construction of an Offshore Patrol Vessel for the MCG in India, installation of coastal radar surveillance systems and frequent port calls by naval ships signify the growing defence relations between the two countries. India and Mauritius are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing of information and cooperation on maritime issues.

The current visit of Indian Naval ships also coincides with the ‘Apravasi Bharatiya Divas’ being celebrated on 02 Nov 14 and underscores the importance of the maritime connection between Indian and Mauritius.

Indian Naval Ship Scraped By Merchant Vessel

A minor incident involving INS Kora and merchant vessel Madelieine Rickmers has been reported approximately 300 NM at sea from Visakhapatnam, wherein INS Kora was scraped by the merchant vessel in the early hours today, 31 Oct 14. INS Kora and INS Gaj were on passage from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair. INS Kora has reported minor damages to her ships’ side. There has been no damage to the watertight integrity of the ship or any injuries/ loss of life.

A Board of Inquiry (BoI) is being constituted by HQENC to investigate into the circumstances leading to the incident. 

Visit Of Indian Army Chief To Bhutan

Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff proceeded on a goodwill visit to Bhutan from 31Oct to 02 Nov 2014.  The visit assumes special significance in the light of India’s special relationship with Bhutan.  This is the first visit to Bhutan by the COAS after having assumed his current appointment and it underpins India’s priorities in maintaining friendly, peaceful and cordial ties with her immediate neighbours.   

50th Anniversary Of 1965 War Celebrations

 50th Anniversary of 1965 war celebration organised by the Door Darshan Kendra,Delhi.
Chief Guest Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitly With three Serivece Chiefs & Other Guests paying  their  respects to the martyrs of 1965 Indo-Park war at the begining of the 50th years celebration of 1965 war at Delhi on 30 Oct 2014.

UK State Secretary Of Defence Visits India

Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom Mr. Michael Fallon called on the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in South Block, New Delhi on Thursday, 30 October 2014. He is on a three-day visit to India. 

Indian Army's 8 Garhwal Rifles Wins Cambrian Patrol In UK

Indian Army team of 8 GARHWAL wins Gold Medal in the prestigious Cambrian Patrol held at United Kingdom from 17 – 26 Oct 2014 

Out of more than 140 participating teams from all over the world the Indian Army’s team won the Gold Medal in the prestigious Exercise Cambrian Patrol 2014.

Exercise Cambrian Patrol is an annual international military patrolling exercise that makes its participating units cover a  50-mile (80 km) course in less than 48 hrs while performing numerous types of military exercises placed throughout the rugged Cambrian Mountains and swamp lands of mid-Wales, UK.Cambrian Patrol was first set up more than 40 years ago, by a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers who designed the training event to feature long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains culminating in firing. The aim of the exercise is to test  leadership, self-discipline, courage, physical endurance and determination.The competition consists of teams of eight men patrolling across some of the most unforgiving terrain. The tests are over two days with no sleep or rest. Some tests which are undergone are; Firing of personal weapons, Obstacle crossing, First 

Aid and Casualty Evacuation, Recognition of aircraft vehicles and equipment, Artillery target indication, Patrol Techniques, Helicopter drills, Communications skills, Handling prisoners of war, Tactical River/Stream crossing, Ambush/Anti Ambush Drills, Recce Techniques, Tunnel Crossing, Navigation Skills and Rock climbing. Many of the teams that enter do not finish, those that do earn one of four distinctions; gold medal, silver medal, bronze medal, or passing. 

In the past Indian Army team of 4/9 GORKHA RIFLES won the Gold  Medal in 2010.

Navy Day Celebrations Commence

As a very first activity of the Navy Week for the year 2014, Indian Navy conducted a Blood Donation Camp today in coordination with the Armed Forces Transfusion Centre at INS India. 
This camp was inaugurated by Commodore Vijesh Kumar Garg, Commanding Officer and Station Commander (Navy) Delhi Area.  Naval personnel and their families and civilians working within INS India donated blood for a noble cause.  A record number of 343 units were collected during the blood donation camp.  Many senior officers of the Navy also donated blood along with sailors and civilian personnel.  An encouraging aspect of the camp was the sizable participation in blood donation by ladies and civilian personnel.  Surg Vice Admiral T Sinha DGMS (Navy) visited the camp and appreciated the noble initiative and arrangements.

Naval Chief Reviews Cyclone Affected Naval Areas In Vishakhapatnam

Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM , YSM, ADC, the Chief of the Naval Staff visited Visakhapatnam today, 29 October 14, and reviewed the cyclone affected naval areas in the aftermath of Hudhud.   
On arrival, Admiral Dhowan was briefed by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command on various relief activities and initiatives undertaken by the Command since 12 October 14.  On completion of the briefing, the CNS visited the naval facilities at Visakhapatnam including Naval Air Station INS Dega, Naval Armament Depot, Base Victualling Yard, Materials Organisation, Ship Building Centre, Naval Dockyard and residential areas of officers and sailors. 

Later in the day, Chief of the Naval Staff  interacted with the officers, sailors and defence civilians of the ENC.  Speaking to them, the Admiral complimented ENC and all its personnel for ensuring high standard of preparedness prior to and during the cyclone, resulting in minimum damage to naval assets including ships, submarines and aircraft. He highlighted the efforts of Command in early restoration of essential services such as road clearance, water/ electricity supply and basic amenities.  He further lauded the unstinted efforts of Naval Air Station INS Dega for resuming air operations in less than 24 hours of the calamity and ensuring availability of runway to facilitate airlifting of relief material to Visakhapatnam from various parts of the country as also the early resumption of civil flight operations.

Felicitation of Asian Games Medalists Of Army By Army Chief

70 sportspersons from Indian Army represented the country in Asian Games 2014 at Incheon, South Korea. Gen Dalbir Singh, COAS felicitated the awardees in South Block for their commendable performance which contributed towards 11 medals (02 Gold, 01 Silver and 08 Bronze Medals).

The eighteen medalists were :-
 - Nb Sub Jitu Rai, Gold and Team Bronze Medal in Shooting.
 -  Nb Sub Sandeep Kumar, Gold Medalin Archery.
- Sub Maj Vijay Kumar, Sub Pemba Tamang and Sub Gurpreet Singh,         Team Silver Medal in Shooting.
-  Nb Sub Chain Singh,Bronze Medal in shooting.
- Hav Arokia Rajiv and Hav Naveen Kumar, Bronze Medals in Athletics.
-  Hav Satish Kumar, Bronze Medal in Boxing.
-  Hav Dushyant, Bronze Medal in Rowing.
-  Hav Sawarn Singh Bronze Medal in Rowing.
-  Nb Sub Devinder Singh, Nb Sub Kapil Sharma, Hav Maninder Singh, Nb Sub Md Azad, Nb Sub Robin PU, Sub Maj Bajarang Lal Takhar and Nb Sub Ranjit Singh, Team Bronze Medal  in Rowing.

The COAS interacted with the awardees and felicitated them with COAS Commendation Cards and cash incentives. He expressed confidence that the sportsmen would continue excelling in their fields  and bring laurels to the country in the Olympic Games in 2016. The COAS stressed on the need of focused preparation and hard work towards the same. He congratulated the Mission Olympic Wing at Army Headquarters for  successfully pursuing their goals and coerced them to attain greater heights.
Currently around 500 young potential sportsmen are undergoing extensive training at the five Mission Olympic Nodes under the Mission Olympic Programme of the Army.The Nodes are Army Sports Institute, Pune; Army Marksmanship Unit,  Mhow; Army Rowing Node, Pune; Army Yachting Node, Mumbai and  Army Equestrian Node, Meerut which have ‘State of Art’ world class training infrastructure and have employed  some International  Coaches and Sports Specialists training the sportsmen in the various disciplines around the year.  The main focus is in the sports of Archery, Boxing, Shooting, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Rowing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Airbus Defence Teams Up With Tata For IAF's Avro Replacement Bid

Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems bid for the Indian Air Force’s Avro replacement programme

Companies will offer Airbus C295 under new teaming arrangement

Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have submitted a joint bid to replace the Indian Air Force´s fleet of Avro aircraft with the market-leading Airbus C295 medium transport.

The teaming follows a detailed industrial assessment and stringent evaluation of the Indian private aerospace sector by Airbus Defence and Space, which concluded with the selection of Tata Advanced Systems as the Indian Production Agency (IPA) exclusive partner for this prestigious programme.

A total of 56 Avro aircraft are to be replaced. In the event of contract award, Airbus Defence and Space will supply the first 16 aircraft in ‘fly-away’ condition from its own final assembly line. The subsequent 40 aircraft will be manufactured and assembled by Tata Advanced Systems in India. This will include undertaking structural assembly, final aircraft assembly, systems integration and testing, and management of the indigenous supply chain.

Airbus Defence and Space Executive Vice President Military Aircraft, Domingo Ureña Raso, said: “We firmly believe that, in the C295, we have clearly the best aircraft to replace the IAF Avro fleet and, in Tata Advanced Systems, we have secured the cream of the Indian private aerospace sector as our partner for this project.

“The C295 is a superbly reliable and tough aircraft with outstanding economics which is proven in the most difficult operating conditions all over the world. It has already been ordered by 19 countries, many of which have placed repeat orders. And just this year it has  dominated the market with orders for no fewer than 20 aircraft from five countries.”

Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman,Tata Advanced Systems, said, “We are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Airbus Defence and Space for the Avro replacement programme for the Indian Air Force. It is a landmark for the development of aircraft manufacturing capability in India, now that Tata Advanced Systems is poised to take this step toward building entire aircraft in India. The selection of Tata Advanced Systems by Airbus demonstrates the confidence that has been built in our ability to undertake this complex programme.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

South African Airforce Chief On India Visit

Lieutenant General Fabian Zimpande (Zakes) Msimang,Chief of the South African Air Force, calling on Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at  Air Headquarters , New Delhi today . The Chief of South African Air Force is on a four-day visit to India and would be visiting some establishments of the Indian Air Force.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wreath Laying At Amar Jawan Jyoti On Infantry Day

The 68th Infantry Day is being celebrated today.  This day has a unique significance for Infantry, as it was on this day in 1947, that Indian Infantry first air landed at Srinagar and reversed  the tide of a fierce battle in Kashmir that saved the State of Jammu and Kashmir from falling into the hands of Pakistani mercenaries, thereby, creating a legacy for independent India.

27th October is an apt reminder of the Infantry’s grit and determination to rise to the occasion to defend the country’s honour and sovereignty, no matter how grave or serious the threat may be.

As part of the Infantry Day celebrations, ‘Wreath Laying’ ceremony was held at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, at India Gate to honour the martyrs of the Infantry, who have made supreme sacrifice for the honour and safety of the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen Dalbir Singh, laid the wreath as the senior most serving Infantryman.  Lt Gen Chandra Shekhar (Retd) laid a wreath on behalf of all the veterans of Infantry. The ceremony was attended by the Colonels of the Regiment of Infantry and soldiers from all the Infantry Regiments. In his message to all Infantrymen on this momentous day, the COAS exhorted all infantrymen to rededicate themselves to uphold the values of courage, honesty, integrity and devotion to duty which is the unique ethos of the Infantryman and to remain indomitable in their resolve to defend the integrity and sovereignty of our country in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.

Indian Warships Enter Saint Denis Port Reunion Islands France

Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Talwar,Teg and Deepak under the Command of Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM, the FlagOfficer Commanding Western Fleet, are on a two-month long Overseas Deploymentto East Africa and the South Indian Ocean region. Three of the four ships, INSMumbai, INS Talwar and INS Deepak arrived Saint Denis port of the Reunionisland, France on 27 Oct 14 towards bolstering bilateral ties and reinforcingcooperation in maritime security between India and France.

India and France have traditionally maintained close and friendly relations with bilateral cooperation being extended to various fields. The establishment of the Strategic Partnership in1998 witnessed further rise in bilateral ties with regular high level exchangesat the Head of State and government levels, thus boosting the cooperation intrade & investment, culture, science & technology, education, nuclear energy, space and defence to name a few. The scale and quantum of defence cooperation between the countries has progressively been stepped up in the lastdecade. The growing defence cooperation is evident from the conduct of annual naval exercise Varuna, contract for the construction of Scorpene class submarines and the participation of a 400-strong contingent of the Indian armed forces in the Bastille Day parade in 2009, where the Indian Prime Minister wasthe Guest of Honour. India and France are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 35 countriesof the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing ofinformation and cooperation on maritime issues. The current visit seeks tounderscore India’s solidarity with friendly countries of the region tostrengthen the existing bonds of friendship between India and France.

During the stay the ships would bekept open to public. In addition,various cultural events and games between the two navies are also scheduled.

Visit Of Sri Lankan Naval Chief Jayantha Perera

Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera,Commander of the Srilanka Navy is on an official visit to India from 26 to 30October 2014. The visiting Chief was accorded a Guard of Honour on his arrivalat the South Block. He thereafter called on the CNS, Admiral RK Dhowan and isscheduled to meet officials in the Ministry of Defence and the NationalSecurity Adviser. The visiting CNS will also travel to the Headquarters Easternand Southern Naval Commands and visit various training and operationalfacilities at Vishakhapatnam and Kochi.

Indian and Srilankan navies have been cooperating regularly to ensure maritimesecurity and good order at sea. The cooperation between the two navies covers awide spectrum of activities including training, operations, hydrography,material and logistics and also information sharing for maritime domainawareness.

The Srilankan Naval Chief’s visit shall afford an opportunity to review and furtherstrengthen navy to navy cooperation between the two Navies and also explorefurther areas for cooperation.

Infantry Day Celebrations In Indian Army's Northern Command Udhampur

The Indian Army celebrated 65th Infantry Day with traditional solemnity and gaiety all across the Northern Command today. On this occasion, Lt Gen HJS Sachdev,  the Chief of Staff of Northern Command, laid wreath on the “Dhruva Shahid Smarak” in Udhampur, in remembrance and honour of all those members of the Infantry fraternity, who  made the supreme sacrifice for the honour and safety of the country in Jammu and Kashmir. Similar memorial service were held all over J&K.

27 Oct, is celebrated as Infantry Day by the Indian Army as it was on this day (27 Oct 1947) that a Company of Infantry of The First Battalion of the SIKH Regiment was airlifted from Delhi to Srinagar, to liberate Kashmir from the invading tribals supported by the Pakistan Army.  This action was ordered by PM Jawahar Lal Neharu after Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir signed the Instrument of Accession, acceding his kingdom, “Jammu and Kashmir” to independent India. Another significance of this day is that it was on this day in 1947 that India as an independent nation was first time engaged in operations against an aggressor.

Infantry, It is the largest fighting arm of the Indian Army, also popularly known as the "Queen of the Battle”, it is the backbone of the Indian Army and its soldiers bear the main brunt in any battle. Physical fitness, aggression and discipline are the basic qualities required in these men. The Infantry units of Indian Army have been modernized, equipped and trained to make the Indian Army amongst the best in the world.

On this occasion it would be pertinent to recollect that Pakistan Army had launched ‘Operation Gulmarg’ in early October 1947 using tribals to annex Jammu and Kashmir. Hostilities began in early October 1947, when a tribal rebellion was instigated in Poonch in Southwest Kashmir. By 20th October the Pakistani Army entered the conflict in support of the tribal forces. On 22nd October, 1947, a Lashkar of five thousand tribals invaded the Kashmir Valley from Abbottabad.  On 26th October 1947, Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession thus making Jammu and Kashmir an integral part of India and the Indian Army was thereafter ordered to evict the invaders. The entire campaign was predominantly Infantry centric and its commencement on 27 October 1947 is commemorated as ‘Infantry Day’. 

The celebrations today in the Northern Command were marked by laying of wreath at war memorials, Sainik Sammelans and Sainik Bhojs. In his message to the Infantry, Lt Gen DS Hooda, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Army Commander) Northern Command and senior-most Infantry officer in the region, complimented all Infantrymen for their devotion to duty and indomitable spirit while working under trying and difficult conditions. He acknowledged their tremendous contribution in maintaining the sanctity of the nation’s borders and fighting terrorism in J&K.

Sri Lankan Naval Chief Calls On Defence Minister

Vice Adm Jayantha Perera Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy called on the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in South Block, New Delhi on Monday, 27 October 2014.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Indian Navy's Southern Naval Command Gets New Chief Of Staff

Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain has assumed office as the Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command. The Flag Officer is a Gunnery and missile specialist who was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1982. Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (Pune), the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), the College of Naval Warfare (Mumbai) and the National Defence College, Pretoria,South Africa.
In his long and distinguished career, Rear Admiral Jain has held various operational and staff appointments, both, afloat and ashore. His afloat tenures include command of INS Nirghat (missile boat), INS Khukri (missile corvette), INS Rajput (destroyer) and the indigenous destroyer INS Mysore, besides being the commissioning Executive Officer of INS Brahmaputra, and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Eastern Fleet, Visakhapatnam. His appointments ashore include Director Naval Intelligence (Protocol), Director Foreign Liaison and Principal Director Staff Requirements at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).
Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain has served as the first Flag Officer Commanding, Karnataka Naval area, Karwar. During this tenure, the Admiral was instrumental in setting up of base support facilities for INS Vikramaditya at the Naval Base Karwar. For his distinguished service, he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 2009.Prior to assuming charge as the Chief of Staff, HQSNC, the flag officer was commanding the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy based at Vishakhapatnam. 
Rear Admiral Jain has taken over the charge from Rear Admiral MS Pawar who is proceeding to Mumbai on his afloat operational appointment as the Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat area (FOMAG).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Update On Sukhoi-30MKI Accident Of Oct 14, 2014

One Su-30 fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was involved in an accident on October 14, 2014 in which both ejection seats had fired whilst the aircraft was coming in to land.  The pilots were safe but the aircraft crashed about 20 Kms short of the runway.  No loss of life or damage to property was reported.  A Court of Inquiry (CoI)  had immediately been constituted to investigate the cause of accident.

Meanwhile, as is the procedure in such cases, the flying of the Su-30 fleet has been temporarily suspended.  The CoI is in progress and certain specific checks are being conducted on the aircraft.  

As and when the checks are complete and the Court is satisfied, the Su-30s will be put back into flying.

Indian Army Apprehends 6 ULFA Militants

Photos of six ulfa apprehended Meghalaya

Last Night, in a major breakthrough, 6 hardcore terrorists of ULFA were apprehended by Goalpara based Army troops in Meghalaya. 6 Pistols, hand grenades etc were recovered. Prior to Diwali this was a major operation thwarting their attempts during Diwali.

Indian Navy Airlifts Spares For 132 KV Transmission Tower On Simhachalam Hill Eastern Naval Command - Vishakhapatnam

Naval helicopter Seaking of INS Dega airlifted  reconstruction material and other spares required for restoration of 132 KV Transmission Tower belonging to AP TRANSCO on hill top of Simhachalam Hill, Visakhapatnam today, 21 October 14.
AP TRANSCO was able to restore electric supply to most of the city in an extremely short time in the aftermath of Hudhud but realized that one high tension tower of 132 KV has collapsed on Simhachalam hill.  This tower had to be re-constructed immediately to enable uninterrupted power supply to the remaining part of the city and was also extremely critical for providing electric power to the industries located around Vizag.  The remote location of the tower on the Simachalam hill made this task extremely difficult and laborious for AP TRANSCO and time consuming. The city administration sought assistance of Navy in positioning of the complete construction material weighing about 10 tons at the remote location on Simhachalam hill.

Indian Navy undertook a feasibility study and a Seaking helicopter of the INS Dega was immediately pressed into service this morning and undertook multiple flights.  The helo airlifted reconstruction material comprising of iron poles, angles, cement bags an other spares loaded in cargo nets to the remote location enabling early reconstruction of the high tension tower in a short span of time.